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Australia: Cape Dommett turtle monitoring 19 Sep 2012

By Tyne McConnon

The Department of Environment and Conservation is currently undertaking turtle monitoring at Cape Dommett.

The Departments been monitoring the flat back turtles and their movements on the Cape since 2006.

This year the group is particularly interested in the way climate change will affect the reptile.

Due to temperature being the determinate to what the sex of the animal will be rising temperatures have the potential to affect turtle populations significantly.

Honour Student Jess from UWA is one part of the research team, she says rising temperatures could have a large impact.

"We predict with climate change we will get a female skewed population".

Environmental Officer Allan Thompson says there's a lot more to still learn about the reptile.

"As a conservation agency were interested in certainly in the biology of the species as once you understand the biology of the species you can understand how do we conserve".

 
Source: http://www.abc.net.au
Actual link: http://www.abc.net.au/rural/wa/content/2012/09/s3593759.htm

   
 
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